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Demands Ministry to reconsider phraseology

The General Assembly of the Norwegian Labour Party's Oslo Constituency, 7th-8th March 2008, demands that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls Western Sahara an occupied country.
Published: 12.03 - 2008 12:08Printer version    
The following text was adopted by the Assembly.

Freedom for Africa's last colony

The Oslo Labour Party supports the Sahrawi people's struggle for independence and self-determination.

We are concerned that the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has changed its perception of Morocco's presence in Western Sahara from one of 'œoccupation' to that of 'an unclear judicial situation'.

We demand that the Ministry immediately reverts to its former position on Western Sahara by referring to it as it in reality is: illegally occupied.

The Oslo Labour Party is of the opinion that Norway and the International Community can no longer accept Morocco's delaying tactics regarding a referendum and the continual harassment of the Sahrawi population.

The Oslo Labour Party makes the following requests to the Norwegian Government:

  • Increase efforts to prevent Norwegian businesses participating in the occupied Western Sahara.
  • To raise the question of the human rights situation for the Sahrawi people with Moroccan Authorities.
  • Demand that Morocco releases all political prisoners.
  • Take an offensive position in working towards an extension of MINURSO's mandate to also include surveillance of the human rights situation in Western Sahara
  • A more stabilised form of increased assistance to the refugee camps in Algeria.
  • Emphasise that Western Sahara, today, is occupied by Morocco.

    Translated to English by the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara.
    See Norwegian original here.




    Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.

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